Brain scientist with mystical bent in Vancouver Sunday Mario Beauregard is worth a listen. The noted University of Montreal professor, who specializes in "the neurobiology of emotion and mystical experience," will be one of the keynote speakers at an inventive Vancouver conference, called The Beacon of … Read more on Vancouver Sun (blog)
Now approved for a 1.0 MOC Section 11 study credit!!!
Please join us at 5:30 pm for a social with wine and cheese, followed by a 10-minute presentation at 6:00pm by neuroscience graduate student Cassie McRae and then the presentation from Dr. Donna Lang. The lecture will run for approximately 45 minutes with time for questions and comments at the end. Please feel free to stay afterwards for more wine, cheese, and informal discussion!
Dr. Donna Lang is a neuroimaging researcher, from UBC and the Centre for Complex Disorders, studying physiological, biochemical, and physical markers in the brain to understand the neurocircuitry underlying psychotic disorders. Diffusion tensor imaging and spectroscopy studies inform her work. Dr. Lang began her first forays into brain research in animal models of hippocampal injuries in rats, as an undergraduate student in botany and biopsychology. As a graduate student, Dr. Lang pursued research into the much needed area of neuroimaging and schizophrenia. Dr. Lang continued focusing her attention on the neuroimaging of schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders through her post-doctoral training as a Michael Smith Fellow with Dr. Alex Mackay in the Department of Radiology, where she has remained ensconced as an Assistant Professor. After 17 years, she remains dedicated to research in this area. Her upcoming talk will review the structural deficits in schizophrenia, the impact of antipsychotic medication on brain morphology, and physical exercise as a novel approach to ameliorating the structural and functional impairments associated with psychosis.